Disruption at Brazilian ports worsened as public service workers stepped up their industrial action over pay.

The Federal Police Officers Association gave their support, bringing chaos to airports as well as docks.

UK corned beef importers have already seen consignments being diverted to the continent as vessels try to keep to shipping schedules.

A total traceability plan for all Brazilian cattle was introduced at the end of last year but the recent vet strikes have caused serious problems, with less cattle being able to meet the export criteria to the EU.

With US beef still banned for export, Japan and other Far East countries switched to Australia but their stocks have been depleted, putting even more pressure on Brazil.